A remarkable example of bladesmithing with a 5 row twist-core pattern that meanders over the blade.
Signed by an artist named Kanesada from Higo.
A set for the beginning collector.
A late 19th-century type with an etched blade, simulating patterned steel.
A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
With characteristic pointy hairpin forged blade.
Of jambiya form, with pattern welded blade and fine silver scabbard mounts.
Cast brass shield of a purely ceremonial type that was used during sword dances in Aceh.
Large, heavy single-edged example with iron mounts.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
Unusual piece with depiction of a foreign figure.
Large example with gold and silver overlay.
Asian sword guard of unknown origin, modified in Japan.
Also known as Kwanto-gata, with two facing dragon chasing a pearl.
Belt buckle from West-Java, worn by Peranakan and wealthy Javanese women.
With a long, sword-like blade characteristic of this type. With original belt.
A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
Large and heavy example with the notable Umlauff provenance.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
This style was worn by nobles and senior officials.
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
Made with two antelope horns and an iron shield.
A very rare flask used by Chin men of Burma for sipping nicotine water.
A fine ceremonial paddle of the Ngaju Dayak of southern Borneo.
With Persian style blade, showing Indian workmanship.
Its blade with very fine and complex pamor, brought out by a polish.
This style was produced in Tangerang, just West of Batavia, now Jakarta.
An unusual variety, shortened to carbine size, with a chicken wing wood stock.
A style of dagger often associated with the pilgrimage to Mecca.
The best of its kind known to me, with silver overlay and ivory finial.
With triple grooves and in heavy silver mountings.
Executed in gold and silver on a shakudō nanako base, with golden back.
A peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Of typical design, forged from one piece of iron, overlaid with brass on one side.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
In excavated condition. With XRF and radiocarbon dating results.
Found in excavated condition, published with results of c-14 and XRF analysis.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
Collected by a Russian prince from the hill peoples of central Vietnam in 1892.
A rare type of Sinhalese dagger with stylized bird hilt and blade with backedge.
With heavy blade and copper alloy hilt and lobed guard.
It was collected by Laurens Langewis, an early 20th-century ethnographer and author.
With carved wooden hilt with a beautiful deep patina. Blade in old finish.
Also known as piha-kaetta, this is more correctly a pihiya.
With fine twist-core pamor and carved wooden scabbard.
With Hindu style basket hilt and local blade in European style.
A classic example with an older blade and timaha wood scabbard.
Of the chopper variety, with a finely carved ivory hilt.
With carved horn hilt and characteristic finger guard.
Of nice quality, with unusual openwork silver bolster with serapendiya.
With iron ferrule and copper and silver overlaid blade.
A double-edged samurai tool with morbid origins.